Vancouver

19th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival

  • October 26, 2022 - November 26, 2022
  • Recurring daily

The 19th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival will be featuring twelve days of live and online events - both indoors and out - including music, stories, poetry, theatre, ceremony, films, dance, readings, forums, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, art talks, history talks and history walks.

The Downtown Eastside community continues to be under extreme stress from poverty and lack of affordable housing; intergenerational collateral damage from displacement, systemic racism and exclusionary policies; pain-coping addictions; and mental stress resulting from two years of physical distancing, isolation and closing of gathering places due the pandemic. Where is the wisdom we need to move forward?

This year’s festival theme - Community Is Our Mentor - is our response. The 2022 festival will focus on listening and learning from the lived wisdom and cultural practices of Downtown Eastside community organizations, artists and ancestors; and engaging the transformative power of story, song, music, film, theatre, dance, visual arts and ceremony to illuminate pathways of resistance and resilience.

Over 100 events throughout the Downtown Eastside and online. See tickets and more info here

October 26 to November 26 

Various locations & times 

19th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival